Our school system has begun to experience a higher COVID-19 spread rate, especially among our staff members, making it difficult to provide the personnel support necessary to continue face-to-face instruction through the remainder of our last week before the break. Therefore, the last day students will attend school will be Tuesday, December 15, 2020.
Our plans are to thoroughly clean, sanitize, and disinfect all buildings and facilities to prepare for students and staff to return in January. Unfortunately, according to the Center for Disease Control, North Georgia is a developing COVID-19 hotspot. Please be aware that our return to school in the new year is not guaranteed. We will closely monitor the numbers and coordinate with all local, state, and federal officials to determine the safety in returning to face-to-face instruction. In an effort to be proactive in the event that we cannot immediately return to face-to-face instruction in January, we will send home mobile devices with all students by Tuesday, December 15, 2020. This will ensure that we are prepared to pivot to remote learning should the need arise.
Please know that we are delighted that we have been able to provide face-to-face instruction for almost all of our first semester. We will work to do so in the second semester as well, but we encourage families to develop a backup plan should we need to transition to remote learning.
We hope that you and your family are safe and continue to use precautions during the holiday season. Upon our return to school, we will strongly recommend all students and staff members wear masks especially when social distancing is not possible.
School nutrition services will still be provided for all students for the remainder of the week of December 16th-18th. Information regarding pick up times and locations will be posted on the school website and social media.
Ann L. Hopkins, Ed. D.
Banks County Schools